Put cover crops to work for you

Oct 1, 2020

By Lura Roti for South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

There’s no one-size-fits-all cover crop mix. So, selecting the right cover crop mix may seem a bit overwhelming. To provide guidance as farmers begin planning for the 2021 season, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition reached out to several experts.

Begin with a goal

Depending on the mix, cover crops can provide many benefits below the soil’s surface and above – it just depends on what your goals are, explained Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension soils field specialist.

“Understanding what you want to do with cover crops is very important,” Bly said. “By identifying your goals, landowners are able to select the most appropriate mix that will provide the greatest benefit and comply with herbicide laws without spending more than necessary or having a negative impact on next year’s crop.”

Read on to learn experts’ suggestions depending on your cover crop goal.

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